Rio Rapid Fire: Day Three Prelims

KATIE LEDECKY DROPS 200m FREESTYLE BOMB

Katie Ledecky was electric in the heats of the 200m freestyle this morning, demonstrating that she has developed plenty of speed since the 2015 world championships. With a 1:55.01, Ledecky led the field my a large margin, and looked comfortable enough to be able to improve upon that time come semifinals and ultimately finals if she makes it.

LASZLO CSEH AND CHAD LE CLOS TOP MICHAEL PHELPS IN 200 FLY HEATS

After Michael Phelps dropped an incredible 47.12 split on the 4x100m freestyle relay last night (his fastest free split ever) the anticipation of his first individual event at these games grew. Phelps didn’t throw up a stunner this morning, instead touching third in his heat and fifth overall in 1:55.73. His two main rivals, Laszlo Cseh and Chad le Clos, finished second and third overall. Phelps will race le Clos in the same semifinal tonight.

KATINKA HOSSZU SMASHES OLYMPIC RECORD

After breaking the world record and claiming gold in the 400m IM on the first night of competition, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was back at it again with a 2:07.45 in the 200m IM to break the world record. She’s well ahead of the rest of the world this event and will be looking to establish herself further in tonight’s semifinals in anticipation for the final tomorrow night.

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Mitch Bowmile

Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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